“Drown” begins with vocalist Oli Sykes gently proclaiming, “What doesn’t kill you/ Makes you wish you were dead,” before delivering the lines, “One more moment of this silence/ The loneliness is haunting me,” in an angry and vaguely desperate fashion. However, the song’s pre-chorus beginning with the lines, “It comes in waves/ I close my eyes,” is conveyed in an almost acapella style, over a sparse guitar line. The track’s chorus begins in earnest with the immensely self reflective questions, “Who will fix me now/ Dive in when I’m down/ Save me from myself,” before Sykes pleads, “Don’t let me drown.” Furthermore, Sykes’ desperate tone is starkly contrasted with an aggressively driving instrumental melody provided by drummer Matt Nicholls, keyboardist Jordan Fish, bass-player Matt Kean, and guitar-player Lee Malia.
Principally, the song is driven by a series of contrasts, such as those between melancholy vocals and assailing instrumental components and those between the heavier stylings of the chorus and the softer, more introspective, tones of the verses. These contrasts convey a deep-seated sense of inner turmoil that is heavily reflected in lyrics such as, “What doesn’t destroy you/ Leaves you broken inside,” and “I’m not okay and it’s not alright.” And overall, it is this self-awareness that makes the track one of Bring Me the Horizon’s most poignantly dynamic yet.
Although, this seemingly abrupt change in genre may initially leave many fans momentarily scratching their heads, a closer listen succinctly shows that the new more cinematic Bring Me the Horizon, while not what anyone may have expected, is far better than anything we could have asked for.
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